Safe Hill Walking

The beginning of the year is usually a time of feeling heavy from the overindulgence of yummy treats from the Christmas/New Year break. One way that Townsvillians usually burn off those extra calories is walking up the local landmark Castle Hill.

Hill walking is a wonderful form of exercise to increase cardiovascular health, increase leg strength and tone lower limb musculature, loose weight and decrease stress levels.

Hill walking does have its downsides, however, it can leave you more susceptible to the following:

  • ankle sprains,
  • plantar faciitis (inflammation of the plantar facia on the bottom of your foot),
  • archilles tendinopathy,
  • calf strains,
  • hip pain and
  • patello-femoral (knee) joint pain.

So how do you prevent these injuries? Here are some tips: Continue reading